OFFICIAL SELECTION – About Want and Need

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Since Will has lost his wife his relationships are completely moribund. Now he tries to get over his loss by projecting his problems onto Gertrude, his bird. But the new relationship does not seem to result in any improvements. Will projects his fears onto the helpless bird that just doesn’t seem to be open for this kind of mental training.

 

Key Cast: Steve Hudson, Louis Friedemann Thiele

Key Crew: Sarah Heinrich, Liv Scharbatke, Tobias Müller, Hanna Binswanger, Nicole Rothermel, Carol Ratajczak, Alexander Richter, Tim Markgraf, Sebastian Zeeden, Elias Kremer, Kiana Naghshineh

 

You can view About Want and Need at Cinema Preview in San Francisco August 25th. For the complete lineup and tickets click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Heinrich, born 29.01.1985 in Kaiserslautern, began her career as a hairdresser to get closer to the desired profession as a theater makeup artist. Along the way, she discovered her love for puppets and finally for Character Animation. After a one-year internship at the Berlin postproduction company FX Factory she began her studies at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg in 2010.
From puppet animation and hand drawn animation she finally arrived in the world of 3D animated films, where she has been now for 5 years.
She allways followed her passion for expressing emotions, acting and gestures.
With attention to detail, she completed her studies with her diploma film “About Want And Need”.

Director Statement

“About Want and Need is a story about loss and the art of letting go. There are many strange and abstruse ways to deal with a loss. Instead of going to therapy himself, Will prefers to treat his pet chicken Gertrude.

Good material to turn it into a short animation in which I can focus on acting and character animation.”

OFFICIAL SELECTION – Repatriation

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In full military uniform, Chad Tyler is welcomed back to his Midwestern hometown by new and old friends alike. From the bus stop, Chad works his way through his old stomping grounds, getting reacquainted with a drink at each stop and catching up on old times. Along the way Chad is joined by Camille who idolized him when he was a star on the high school baseball team. As his one-man parade winds its way through town, the enthusiasm for Chad’s service and glory days soon fades as he’s reunited with more ‘friends’ from his past.

Key Crew: Douglas Mueller, Ryan Barton-Grimley

Key Cast: Ryan Barton-Grimley

You can view Repatriation at Cinema Preview in San Francisco August 26th. For the complete lineup and tickets click here.


 

 

 

 

 

Prior to completing Repatriation, his feature directorial debut, Douglas Mueller’s narrative filmmaking style can be seen in Prairie Love (Sundance ’11, Film Movement Distr.), where he storyboarded and production designed the frigid, almost-fantasy world; or in his award winning short film Four Corners (Periphery Project LLC, Distr.) set in the dusty isolation of the desert.

He’s currently in post-production on his documentary feature debut, a visual journey in cinema verité style, chronicling the critical restoration of California’s cherished Carmel Mission.

Shot on, now obsolete, Kodachrome film, Doug made an experimental documentary about the final Space Shuttle launches. Until chemical photography hobbyists crack the processing code for this iconic filmstock, the project waits, undeveloped, in his freezer.

In 2011 his short 16mm experimental documentary about a baroque keyboard tuner, Carey Beebe, Intermezzo 1 premiered at the Academy accredited, Nashville Film Festival. Mueller’s short documentary Dan, Tom and Ray- a silent film documentary short- screened at a number film festivals in California and the Mid-West.

Doug actively produces commercial works, non-profit documentaries and short-form internet films for organizations, most recently with Restorative Justice Partners Inc and funding through a Packard Foundation Grant. He and his wife were $1,000 winners of the Trend Micro video contest. Mueller was Production Designer for the 2010 thriller The Truth, distributed by Gravitas Ventures, Showtime and Maverick Entertainment Group.

Studying for his BA in film at CSUMB, he developed a documentary The BBC; 2002, which won the ‘2003 Edgar Kennedy Award for Arts, Culture, Humanities, Performance Event under the Volunteer/Student Category’ as well as ‘Monterey’s Best Freedom of Expression under the Volunteer/Student Category.

Director Statement

I was very attracted to films that bucked common structures regarding the main character. Stories like A “Christmas Carol,” or John Cheever’s “The Swimmer,” have protagonists, who in some ways change very little and the story is structured, not around their motives, but the actions and opinions of those around the protagonist. This gives the secondary characters a lot of responsiblility as the ensemble is tasked to move the story all while reflecting a consistant change on the protagonist.

I was also focused on making the atmosphere in Repatriation reflect my experience growing up in a remote, medium sized town in the mid-west and the moment I began writing it, I envisioned Dubuque, Iowa as the backdrop. I was born in Dubuque, but never lived there but I knew its beautfiful brick downtown area would give Repatriation a familiar, if not recognizable setting. Basing the film in Iowa gave me reasonable access to the talented Chicago theater community. One motivation for this film was to have a lot of opinions- I’d grown frustrated with indepenent films only having three characters so having a mix of resonating locations and quality performances through a long journey was achieved.

OFFICIAL SELECTION – Black Communion

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A depressed man decides his life would be easier if he listened to the infomercials and replaced his brain with refried beans.

Key Crew: Eddie Hustleby, Alexandra Marske, Kelcey Lorenzo, Andy Fronczak, Haley Reed, Kaitlyn Ryan, Jennifer Chan

Key Cast: Billy Ward, Michelle Gernon, Tyson Prince, Paul Green

You can view Black Communion at Cinema Preview in San Francisco August 26th. For the complete lineup and tickets click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Eddie Hustleby is a writer, actor and filmmaker who has completed both fiction and non-fiction films. He has a love for challenging media and humor as a means of self-defense.

Black Communion is a strangely personal film, that takes a non-literal approach to many of the problems people face as they learn to adapt and change to better exist within the communities they inhabit. The production of the film was especially satisfying to me because my friends and classmates who helped create it really believed in it from the beginning to the end and put in more hours than I ever could have asked for to make the film as great as possible. This meant a lot to me, considering it was a non-typical film, that took a lot of risks and (I hope) challenged the type of student films currently being made.

Producers Club

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Learn to produce shorts and corporate projects in this 6-month online course.

A dedicated production and technical professional will guide you through a hands-on immersive six-month producer course.

* No experience required.
* Meetings are twice a month for two hours and include bi-weekly drop in sessions by appointment with the instructor.
* Join us for the online launch Tuesday, January 9th.

First & Second Month meetings will cover:

* Introduction to Film & Video
* Choosing a Script
* Budgeting your Project
* Funding your Project

 

Third & Fourth Month meetings will cover:

* Pre-production overview
* Casting & Auditions
* Hiring Crews
* Contracts
* Logistics

 

Fifth & Six Month meetings will cover:

* Locations/ Permits/ Insurance
* Pre-production Notebook
* Festivals
* Distribution

 

Location: ONLINE 
All meeting times are PDT

January 9th is the official start date.
Cost
To guarantee a spot there is a $25 non-refundable deposit Pay Here.
One-time payment is $350 due January 9th.
Installment plan $75 a month for 6 months, first payment due January 9th.

6-month Membership also includes:
Free application to compete in Pitch Tank 2018

Must be 18 years and older to join.

Pop Up Series

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Film POP UP and Mixer